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NASA Advisory Council Aeronautics Committee
The Aeronautics Committee advises the NASA Administrator through the NASA Advisory Council on strategic plans, programs, policies and other matters pertinent to the Agency's responsibilities for aeronautics research and development. Its advice spans basic research and technology applicable to all areas of aviation that are under the purview of the Aeronautics Research Mission Directorate. These areas include but are not limited to commercial air transportation, advanced air vehicles, aviation safety, and air transportation system technology research, development, and demonstration.

The Aeronautics Committee meets in advance of the meetings of the full NASA Advisory Council. Meetings are open to the public and are announced on this website, as well as in the Federal Register. The Committee's members are appointed by the NASA Administrator and represent a balance of broad technical and customer expertise with members from industry, academia, and professional organizations. Committee members are appointed for two years.

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Point of Contact for the Aeronautics Committee: Ms. Irma Rodriguez, Executive Secretary

Ms. Marion Blakey, Chair
Ms. Blakey joined Rolls-Royce North America Inc. (RRNA) in 2015 as President and Chief Executive Officer. In this role, Blakey also serves as Chairman of the Rolls-Royce North America Holdings Inc. Board. Prior to joining Rolls-Royce, Blakey served in various senior executive roles including; President and Chief Executive Officer of the Aerospace Industries Association (AIA), Administrator of the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and Chairman of the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB). Born in Gadsden, Ala., Blakey received her bachelor's degree with honors in international studies from Mary Washington College of the University of Virginia. She is a member of Phi Beta Kappa, a fellow in the Royal Aeronautical Society and has received numerous honorary degrees and awards, including the National Aeronautic Association’s Wright Brothers Memorial Trophy in 2013.

Mr. John Borghese, Vice-Chair
Vice President of the Rockwell Collins Advanced Technology Center. Mr. Borghese leads the Advanced Technology Center in the development of high assurance systems for both safety-critical avionics systems and security-critical communication systems. During his professional career, Mr. Borghese has held positions in general management, program management, business development, and engineering. These include president of Kaiser Electronics and director of the Automatic Test Systems & Avionics Systems Business at Allied-Signal (Honeywell) Guidance and Control Systems. A native of Columbus, Ohio, Mr. Borghese is a private pilot, a member of the Air Transport Committee of the Aerospace Industries Association (AIA), and is on the Industrial Executive Board for the National Science Foundation’s Cyber Physical Systems Initiative. Mr. Borghese earned a Bachelor of Science degree in electrical engineering from the University of Southern California and a Masters degree in business administration from Boston University.

Dr. John-Paul Clarke
Dr. Clarke is a Professor at the Georgia Institute of Technology (Georgia Tech), where he has appointments in Aerospace Engineering and Industrial and Systems Engineering, and serves as Director of the Air Transportation Laboratory. Dr. Clarke is a leading expert in aircraft trajectory prediction and optimization, especially as it pertains to the development of flight procedures that reduce the environmental impact of aviation. His research has been instrumental in changing both the theory and the practice of flight procedure design, and has spurred the global effort to reduce the environmental impact of aviation via changes in operational procedures. He is also an expert in the development and use of stochastic models and optimization algorithms to improve the efficiency and robustness of airline, airport, and air traffic operations.

Dr. Mary (Missy) Cummings
Dr. Cummings is the director of Humans and Autonomy Lab and an associate professor in the Duke University Department of Mechanical Engineering and Materials Science, the Duke Institute of Brain Sciences, and the Duke Electrical and Computer Engineering Department. She is also an affiliate professor with the University of Washington’s Aeronautics and Astronautics Department. She recently joined the Duke University faculty from MIT, where she co-founded the MIT Humans in Automation Lab. Her research interests include human supervisory control, human-unmanned vehicle interaction, human-autonomous system collaboration, human-robot interaction, human-systems engineering, and the ethical and social impact of technology. She received her B.S. in Mathematics from the US Naval Academy in 1988, her M.S. in Space Systems Engineering from the Naval Postgraduate School in 1994, and her Ph.D. in Systems Engineering from the University of Virginia in 2004.

Dr. Michael S. Francis
Since February 2009, Dr. Francis has been Chief of Advanced Programs and a Senior Fellow at the United Technologies Research Center (UTRC). His current focus is on developing capabilities and major program initiatives in autonomous and intelligent systems. He also leads Sikorsky Aircraft’s efforts in autonomous systems development. Francis has held executive positions at Lockheed Martin, General Atomics and Athena Technologies, now part of Rockwell Collins. His earlier tenure in the U.S. Air Force emphasized a variety of air and space R&D assignments. His extensive career highlights include two tenures at the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), 1991-1996 and 2003-2006. At DARPA, he was the Director of the Joint Unmanned Combat Air Systems Office where he led the DARPA-Air Force-Navy effort to demonstrate the technology, feasibility, utility and operational value of a networked system of weaponized, unmanned air vehicles operating in hazardous combat environs. He also served as the agency director’s senior advisor for aeronautical matters. Dr. Francis holds undergraduate, graduate, and doctoral degrees in Aerospace Engineering from the University of Colorado. He has authored or co-authored more than 40 open literature publications. He is a Fellow of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics and founded its Unmanned Systems Program Committee.

Dr. Greg Hyslop
Dr. Hyslop is the senior vice president of Engineering, Test & Technology at The Boeing Company. A member of Boeing’s Executive Council, Dr. Hyslop oversees the company’s Engineering function, which includes more than 50,000 engineers worldwide; Boeing Research & Technology (BR&T), the company’s advanced central research and development organization; and Boeing Test & Evaluation, the team that verifies and validates Boeing’s commercial and defense products. Since joining Boeing in 1982, Dr. Hyslop has taken on roles of increasing responsibility, including vice president and general manager of BR&T; vice president and general manager of Boeing Strategic Missile & Defense Systems; and vice president and program director of the Ground-based Midcourse Defense program. Dr. Hyslop has a Bachelor of Science degree in electrical engineering and a Master of Science degree in mathematics from the University of Nebraska, where he currently serves as a member of the university’s Engineering College Advisory Board. He also has a Doctor of Science degree in systems science and mathematics from Washington University in St. Louis, where he served as an adjunct professor.

Dr. Lui Sha
Dr. Sha is the Donald B. Gillis Chair Professor of Computer Science at the University of Illinois and has been on the faculty at the University of Illinois since the fall of 1998. Prior to joining the University of Illinois, Dr. Sha was a member and then a Senior Member of the Technical Staff at the Software Engineering Institute, Carnegie-Mellon University from August 1986 to July 1998. He was the Chair of IEEE Real Time Systems Technical Committee from 1999-2000 and has served on its Executive Committee since 2001. His work transformed the IEEE standards on real time computing and was cited as a major accomplishment of computer science in National Academy of Science's report: A Broader Agenda for Computer Science and Engineering. His work was also cited as a key enabling technology for many high technology projects, including GPS upgrade, the Mars Pathfinder and the International Space Station. He is involved in many aspects of CPS including being on the Defense Avionics Advisory System, and the NSF Planning Committee for Cyber Physical Systems. Dr Sha graduated with his Ph.D. from Carnegie-Mellon University (CMU) in 1985.

Dr. Karen Thole
Dr. Thole is head of the Department of Mechanical and Nuclear Engineering at Pennsylvania State University. She holds two degrees in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Illinois, and a Ph.D. from the University of Texas at Austin. Dr. Thole directs the Penn State Center of Excellence for Pratt & Whitney. She combines both technical expertise with the business and leadership aspects in her field. Her areas of expertise include heat transfer and fluid mechanics specializing in turbulent boundary layers, convective heat transfer, and high freestream turbulence effects.

Dr. David Vos
Dr. Vos is currently the team lead for Project Wing at Google [X]. Prior to joining Google [X], Dr. Vos was Senior Director at Rockwell Collins after the acquisition of Athena Technologies – a leading flight control and navigation systems company – in April 2008. Vos was Founder, CTO and CEO of Athena Technologies. Having worked in the unmanned systems industry since its inception, he is a pioneer and a thought leader in the area of Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs). Born in South Africa and now a U.S. citizen, Vos is the inventor and developer of Rockwell Collins Control Technologies core technology. He holds patents in nonlinear control systems and other areas and has broad experience in guidance and control systems. In August of 2007, Vos was appointed by Virginia’s Governor Kaine to Commissioner of the Vint Hill Economic Development Authority’s Board of Commissioners. In June of 2007, Vos was named by Ernst & Young as an Entrepreneur of the Year in the Greater Washington area. Vos holds a B.S. in Engineering with Honors in Aeronautical Engineering from the University of Stellenbosch, South Africa, an M.S. in Dynamics and Control from MIT, and a Ph.D. in Estimation and Control from MIT, in the Department of Aeronautics and Astronautics.

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Upcoming Meeting

November 14-15, 2016 (NASA Ames Research Center, Moffett Field, CA)
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July 26, 2016 (Ohio Aerospace Institute, Cleveland, OH)
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March 23, 2016 (NASA HQ, Washington, DC)
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Meeting Agendas and Minutes


+ November 12, 2015 (NASA Headquarters, Washington, DC)
+ July 28, 2015 (JPL, Pasadena, CA)
+ March 26, 2015 (NASA Headquarters, Washington, DC)

+ December 4, 2014 (NASA Ames Research Center, Moffett Field, CA)
+ July 29, 2014 (Langley Research Center, Hampton, VA)
+ March 27 - March 28, 2014 (NASA Headquarters, Washington, DC)

+ December 3, 2013 (Langley Research Center, Hampton, VA)
+ July 30, 2013 (NASA Headquarters, Washington, DC)
+ February 28 - March 1, 2013 (NASA Headquarters, Washington, DC)

+ October 25-26, 2012 (Cleveland, OH)
+ July 24, 2012 (Greenbelt, MD)

+ October 13, 2011 (NASA Headquarters, Washington, DC)
+ August 2-3, 2011 Meeting
+ April 14, 2011 Meeting
+ January 20-21, 2011 Meeting

+ April 23, 2010 Meeting
+ February 16-17, 2010 Meeting

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